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Raptors after Smith


Raptors after Smith
According to the latest league-wide gossip, the Raptors are said to be interested in trading for veteran forward Joe Smith.

The much-travelled Smith is a coveted player because of his versatility. He never has lived up to his billing as the first overall pick, but Smith brings a toughness and rebounding presence teams such as Toronto need.

Miami and Orlando also are said to be keen on trading for Smith, whose days in Oklahoma City appear numbered.

The speculation comes as the Raptors prepare to play the host Golden State Warriors tonight, the team that took the Maryland product first overall back in 1995.

The Raptors have been beaten on the boards virtually every night and can't stop teams from scoring in the paint.

They recently added veteran free agent Jake Voskuhl, who isn't as accomplished a player as Smith.

Voskuhl and Kris Humphries played a combined 53 seconds in Saturday's loss in Portland.

Toronto's other big man off the bench is Andrea Bargnani, who is more of a perimeter offensive threat than a rebounding or defensive presence.

ELITE COMPANY

The Raptors, who welcomed the Warriors to their home opener back on Halloween night, will get their first look at Golden State's newest gunslinger, Jamal Crawford, who was traded to the Bay Area from the Big Apple for Al Harrington.

Last week, Crawford became only the third player in NBA history to drop 50 or more points for three different teams.

During his time in Chicago, the Seattle native once netted 50 at the Air Canada Centre.

The other players to score 50 or more points for three separate teams are Bernard King, Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

 

 
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